David Alajiki from Scoil Mhuire na nGael in Dundalk was crowned winner of the Louth County Bee heat. of the Eason’s Spelling Bee.
David will now take part in the Provincial Spelling Bee competition before the overall final in June, where the four provincial winners will battle it out to be crowned the 2013 Eason Spelling Bee Champion.
Eason has teamed up with 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy to deliver Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest, now in its third year running, for primary school students with entry levels rising significantly since last year.
The Eason Spelling Bee is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that aims to inspire children to develop a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way, and to encourage them to perfect their spelling and also to hone their pronunciation skills.
“To date the Eason Spelling Bee has proven to be a popular and fun initiative to encourage primary school children across Ireland to get excited about spelling,” said David Field, Head of Marketing and Retail Development at Eason.
“We believe that spelling helps children to understand words which are the vital building blocks that support literacy and reading.
“This enables learning and ultimately gives them greater self-confidence.
“We have seen a record number of entries this year and it is great to see such interest in an initiative which centres on the overarching message of literacy in Ireland.”
Eason are committed to supporting literacy in Ireland through the Eason literacy and reading initiative with a year-round programme that includes a weekly ‘Story Time’ in stores for children and their support for the Barnardos ‘Learning for Life’ programme.
For more details on the Eason Spelling Bee, visit www.easons.com/spellingbee.